4 Aug

Don’t Worry, Run Happy

Gloucester City Marathon
While the beginning of August feels more like autumn than summer, this weekend’s races (5-6 August) will continue. Run short or long, on the road or off-road and forget the weather. 

We take the brakes off on Saturday with The Railway Ultra in Coalport, Telford. Runners have a choice of running one, two, three or four out and back 9.4-mile laps along a disused railway line between Ironbridge and Bridgnorth. Every finisher will receive a distinctive steam train-themed medal to proudly display.
 
For many runners, nothing beats a city marathon and the pizzazz that goes with it. There is an attractive offering in the form of the Gloucester City Marathon and Half Marathon from Trimax Events. This is the second outing for this scenic race on a flat route, which takes entrants past several historic landmarks including the Cathedral, the Jet Age Museum and the Quays. 
 
It’s over to Nottingham for something shorter and with an emphasis on enjoyment. Nottingham's Colwick Country Park hosts the Big Fun Run Nottingham 5K, which is open to people of all ages and in a non-competitive environment. It is part of the Big Fun Run series of events across the UK with opportunities to fundraise for charity. 
 
Staying in Colwick Park, there is also a 5k aimed at both two and four-legged runners. The Dog Jog Nottingham 5K has the same ethos as the Big Fun Run 5K in that it encourages everyone to get active in relaxed surroundings. Come and put your best foot or paw forward with a doggy bag as a reward!
 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section
 
Photo courtesy of Tim GO